EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Lucas Williamson made five 3-pointers and scored 15 points, and No. 22 Loyola Chicago won its 10th straight game, routing Evansville 77-48 on Tuesday night.
Chris Knight added 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Ramblers (14-2, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who are off to their best start in league play since joining the MVC for the 2013-14 season.
Loyola, which entered the AP Top 25 on Monday for the first time this season, shot 27 of 43 from the field (62.8%) and 10 of 17 from 3-point range (58.8%), its best of the season in each category.
Jawaun Newton scored 13 points, Shamar Givance had 12 and Noah Frederking had 11 for Evansville (4-12, 0-5).
The Aces hung with the Ramblers early, tying the game at 22 with 6:22 left in the first half. Loyola led 30-24 at halftime.
Loyola poured it on in the second half, outscoring Evansville 47-24. For the game, Loyola had a 35-6 advantage in bench scoring, and it held Evansville to 32.7% shooting.
The Ramblers have won their last six games against the Aces, who still lead the all-time series 28-26.
Loyola Chicago: The Ramblers had rallied from double-digit deficits in each of their previous three games. They trailed the Aces 6-0 when Evansville opened with two quick 3-pointers, but that was their largest deficit. At 30, coach Drew Valentine is the youngest head coach in Division I. He took over this season for Porter Moser, who left to take the Oklahoma job.
Evansville: The Aces have been competitive in two of their MVC losses, to Drake and Northern Iowa.
Before last season, the Ramblers had not been ranked in the AP Top 25 since 1984-85. That includes the 2017-18 season, when they were unranked entering the NCAA Tournament and reached the Final Four.
Loyola: Hosts Missouri State on Saturday.
Evansville: At Illinois State on Friday.
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